Wednesday, March 17, 2010
A St. Patrick's Day Miracle!
Teachers HATE St. Patrick's Day.
Yep, it is really here.
When my first grade students arrive on this blessed day, I lay down some very basic, yet vital pinching ground rules:
1. There will be NO PINCHING!
2. I don't care if they are not wearing green, THERE WILL BE NO PINCHING!
3. If there are any questions, refer to rules 1 & 2.
- This never works -
By 10:00 my rug is soaked with the tears of 7-year-olds. It seems, they always find a perceived loophole.
"They said I wasn't wearing green, but I had it on my underwear!" [Kid then proceeds to give themselves a wedgie by pulling their underwear up over their jeans to prove it to me while I stand and cringe]
Today was a St. Patrick's Day miracle! In the morning, a dad came and blew up some Diet Coke with some Mentos (NOW, THAT NEVER GETS OLD!) and we then went a field trip. No one even had a chance to pinch or be pinched. I was amazed.
Now, what kind of sick, twisted Irish tradition is this that kids start bruising each other for no other reason except they may or may not be wearing the color green?! Upon doing some further research, I discovered the following:
The act of pinching on St. Patrick's day began in America with Irish settlers who tried to get their kids to behave by telling them that fairies would come pinch them.
The first question I have is obvious:
WHY WOULD THESE DOGS START THIS TRADITION AND HOW DO THEY PINCH WITHOUT THUMBS?! AND WHO LISTENS TO DOGS?
Pinching fairies? Every fairy I have ever known sprinkles glittery dust or gives you money... AND that includes Richard Simmons! (But he still owes me.)